The Viking Field
First light comes over the last
sleeping plate of stars.
Coyote hunting calls
into my dream and as it runs into the field
the pack begins to celebrate.
Jagged vibrating song
awakens some wild cell
inside of me
and I walk to the window
hoping to see the blur of their bodies
through the grass and expiring leaves,
but they dance in the far corner
of the field beyond our eyes.
Raven is hungry,
his raspy voice
lifts after the howling.
Stacy and I and the dogs walk the field
later hoping to find the bones
of what they were singing about.
Now night fills the air with its
dark light. The moon is a white
and polished knife. Hungry scavenger,
how my heart is drawn inexplicitly
to you. I come from the nightof the Viking, strangely changed,
the coyotes, the raven.
When I can see nothing else,
you carve a part of my sky.
The black dog leads me back
to the only warm thing, a lantern
opening doorways before us,
like a void we enter,
into room after foggy room
~~c2011 T.L. Stokes (all rights reserved)